On Facebook, the Northwest San Pedro Neighborhood Council asks a great question:
What do you think should happen to the smokestack off the 110 freeway on the sanitation yard, that says "San Pedro"? Remove, keep, fix up?
This caught my attention because I read with some alarm about the revamping of the pedestrian bridge that hangs over Gaffey.
Over the next few weeks there will be sandblasting, painting and replacement of bridge fencing, then decorative blue lighting to reflect the nearby Vincent Thomas Bridge will be added. It sounds great but I always loved that bridge and the fat yellow and black letters that yelled San Pedro.
Coastal San Pedro Neighborhood Council Treasurer John Stinson told the Daily Breeze: "Everyone and his mother drapes stuff over the side, And the lettering on it is almost industrial. It's hardly inviting."
But it seems to me that the bridge is part of the community is a good thing. Do you have a picture of it saying Happy Birthday to someone you love?
Back to the San Pedro Smokestack - There aren't very many cities that have a 50-foot-tall welcome sign. San Pedro's lucky to have an identity. And industrious, hardworking people are part of that proud identity.
On Facebook, no one appreciates the icon and they are saying take it down.
Should we keep the sign? What do you say?
Photo by JoJo Melons - http://www.flickr.com/photos/jojomelons/5245470688/.